CANADA FREIGHT AND LOGISTICS MARKET - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Canada Freight and Logistics Market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~3.5% during the forecast period (2020-2025). The market is driven by the growth in the manufacturing sector.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >3.5 %

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Market Overview

The Canadian freight and logistics market is expected to observe strong growth over the forecast period, owing to the high performance of the rail freight segment. The booming e-commerce industry and growth in the construction, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries may drive the market.

  • In 2018, 19.8 million e-commerce users were active in Canada. Additionally, the e-commerce penetration may further increase the demand in the logistics industry.
  • The international arm of the United Kingdom’s Royal Mail PLC bought the Canadian parcel delivery company, Dicom Canada, in September 2018, for CAD 360 million (GBP 214 million), adding to its growing operations in a number of US  states and across Europe, showing that the courier segment of the market is expected to further grow and witness international business interest.

Scope of the Report

The report on the Canadian freight and logistics market covers key market segments, like freight transport, couriers and messengers, freight forwarding, warehousing, value-added services, and other functions. Additionally, the report provides insights into the e-commerce industry, freight rates in the country, and intermodal transportation, among others.

Company profiles are also provided to identify some of the major international and local players operating in Canada. They help understand the competitive landscape of the market.

Freight Transport
Sea and Inland
Freight Forwarding
Courier, Express, and Parcel
Value-added Services
Cold Chain Logistics, Last Mile Logistics, Return Logistics, and Other Emerging Areas
End User
Oil and Gas and Quarrying
Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
Manufacturing and Automotive
Distributive Trade
Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

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Key Market Trends

The Rail Freight Segment is Observing Steady Growth

In 2018, rail freight traffic, measured in revenue ton mile, increased by 6.1% from 2017 and by 6.0% compared to the 2013-2017 average. On a Y-o-Y basis, the rail freight sector’s workload, measured in gross ton mile, increased by 6.2% and by 10.15 compared with the five-year average. The distance traveled by Canada’s freight trains, measured in freight train mile, increased by 5.4% to 68.6 million in 2018 as compared to 2017. In 2018, the total intermodal traffic that originated in Canada increased by 1.85 from 2017, as Canadian class 1 railways transported more trailers and containers.

Additionally, in 2018, the number of carloads from Canada increased by 15.85% to a new record-high value of 6.1 million, and the growth was led by manufacturing and miscellaneous shipments and intermodal freight.

The Rail Association of Canada (RAC) tracks 11 commodity groupings moved by freight railways in Canada. In 2018, intermodal goods, minerals, fuels, and chemicals were the largest groupings of carloads transported via Canada’s railways, accounting for 67% of all carloads. Based on the number of carloads moved, the highest increases among commodity groupings in 2018 were manufactured and miscellaneous (56.2%), intermodal (20.2%), and machinery and automotive (13.2%). The only decline was in food products (1.1%).

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Strong Trade Results in 2018

Canada’s goods exports continued to grow in 2018, up 6.5% to $585 billion, with export prices increasing by 2.2% and export volumes expanding by 4.1%. Concurrently, Canada’s goods imports advanced 5.8% to $607 billion, as both import prices and import volumes increased, up 2.4% and 3.3%, respectively. As a result, total goods trade reached a record high of $1.2 trillion. Moreover, since exports outpaced imports in 2018, Canada’s goods trade deficit narrowed by $2.7 billion to $22 billion.

Canadian goods exports grew in 2018 for the second consecutive year, with export up in all sectors, except motor vehicles and parts. Energy exports growth led the way, advancing $14 billion, or 15%, to reach $111 billion in value, followed by consumer goods (+ $3.6 billion) and forestry, building and packaging products (+ $3.4 billion). Canada’s goods imports rose 5.8%, or $33 billion, to $607 billion in 2018. Imports increased in all sectors, led by metal ores and minerals, energy products, and aircraft and other transportation equipment—all of which posted double-digit growth rates.

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Competitive Landscape

The Canadian freight and logistics market is expected to be fragmented, with the presence of a large number of players. The market is expected to witness increasing competition due to the growing volume of trade in Canada. 

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Technological Innovations and their Impact

    4. 4.4 Impact of the Growth of E-commerce on the Market

    5. 4.5 Impact of Regulations on the Logistics Sector

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    7. 4.7 Freight Rates/Logistics Cost Trends

    8. 4.8 Insights into Intermodal Freight Transportation


    1. 5.1 Function

      1. 5.1.1 Freight Transport

        1. Road

        2. Rail

        3. Sea and Inland

        4. Air

      2. 5.1.2 Freight Forwarding

      3. 5.1.3 Warehousing

      4. 5.1.4 Courier, Express, and Parcel

      5. 5.1.5 Value-added Services

      6. 5.1.6 Cold Chain Logistics, Last Mile Logistics, Return Logistics, and Other Emerging Areas

    2. 5.2 End User

      1. 5.2.1 Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Oil and Gas and Quarrying

      3. 5.2.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry

      4. 5.2.4 Manufacturing and Automotive

      5. 5.2.5 Distributive Trade

      6. 5.2.6 Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)


    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 International Players

        1. Agility Logistics Ltd

        2. Aramex

        3. C.H. Robinson Worldwide

        4. CEVA Logistics

        5. Bollore Logistics

        6. CJ Logistics Corporation

        7. DHL Global Forwarding

        8. DSV Air & Sea Inc.

        9. Expeditors International of Washington Inc.

        10. DB Schenker

        11. FedEx

        12. Kuehne + Nagel

      2. 6.2.2 Local Players (Key Information/Overview)

        1. TFI International Inc.

        2. Cargojet Inc.

        3. Logistec Corp.

        4. Purolator Inc.

        5. Algoma Central Corp.

        6. Versacold Logistics Services

        7. Air Tindi Ltd

        8. Best International Cargo Inc.

        9. CMS Shipping

        10. Delmar International Inc.

        11. Canada Post Corporation

  7. 7. APPENDIX

    1. 7.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity

    2. 7.2 Insights into Capital Flows

    3. 7.3 Economic Statistics - The Transport and Storage Sectors' Contribution to the Economy

    4. 7.4 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Canada Freight & Logistics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Canada Freight & Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.5% over the next 5 years.

Aramex, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Air Tindi Ltd, Canada Post Corporation, Versacold Logistics Services are the major companies operating in Canada Freight & Logistics Market.

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